First Samurai Bond to be issued in March, says Guan Eng

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the fiscal reforms undertaken by the government, among others, will enable the country to face any challenges.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s first 200 billion yen 10-year Samurai Bond, guaranteed by the Japanese government, will be issued next month, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today.

“Its coupon rate should probably not exceed 0.65%,” he said before launching the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Lifestyle Precinct here today.

The yen-denominated bond was initiated by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who made the request to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in June last year.

Lim said the return of investor confidence in Malaysia after Pakatan Harapan took over the government, the issuance of the Samurai Bond, encouraging domestic numbers, as well as favourable external factors would enable the country to face any upcoming challenges.

He said the various fiscal reforms and measures being implemented, including the adoption of open tenders and establishment of the Tax Reforms Committee, ensured there was proper management of finances as well as borrowings by the government.

“I expect a majority of these reforms to be completed in three years and provide a strong foundation for Malaysia to rise and take its rightful place as one of the Asian Economic Tigers,” Lim added.

He encouraged investors to take the opportunity to be part of the nation’s growth before completion of the reforms as they would otherwise find it difficult to buy into the best assets Malaysia had to offer.